50 Useful Pieces of Random Advice

Life can be hard in many ways. While many trite “isms” exist, these mantras also hold weight. We’ve compiled a list of fifty random pieces of advice—from seeming clichés to functional guidance—that can enhance your day-to-day.

From cooking hacks to emotional regulation, we’ve got you covered. Here is a  list of 50 pieces of random advice anyone can benefit from.


Wash Rice Before Boiling It

Washing rice gets rid of the dirt and other particles that didn’t make it through the sifting process. It may require rinsing several times to wash rice. Rice is considered “washed enough” if the water is clear. It also helps make the rice taste better.


Install a Detachable Showerhead for Easier Bath Times

A detachable showerhead is very useful. It doesn’t get your hair wet if you don’t want to wash your hair. It also makes bathing children and dogs easier, not to mention cleaning the shower itself.


Set Up Your Alarm Sounds

Nobody wants to be jolted awake in the morning with an obnoxious alarm sound. Set up your sound to start out quietly and that gets progressively louder. This helps you wake up gradually and on the right side of the bed.


Don’t Rush Romantic Relationships

Feeling in love makes us want to rush into things. Get to know the people you have romantic feelings for. Discover who they are as a person, and not just their superficial qualities. You need to know who you’re committing yourself to.


Take a Courtesy Flush

Whether you’re at home or in a public restroom, taking a courtesy flush is the polite thing to do. You don’t want the next person who’s going to use the bathroom to take the full force of the odor.


Measure Twice, Cut Once

This proverb means to plan carefully before taking action. It’s good to adopt this mantra when you’re about to do something very important. If you want to succeed, plan and double check everything before executing that plan.


Mix Ketchup and Mayonnaise

Mixing ketchup and mayonnaise creates a whole new sauce. It can be compared to Chik-Fil-A’s signature sauce but simpler. It’s a perfect pair for French fries, mozzarella sticks and onion rings.


Wipe Nails and Screws With Human Hair or Soap

Yes, it may sound weird, but wiping screws or nails through your hair or a bar of soap before driving them in makes for a smoother ride. The oils found in both human hair and soap can make the wood less likely to split.


Keep Candy on Your Desk at Work

Everyone spends energy at work, even if we’re just sitting in front of the computer. Have your favorite candy within reach. A little sugar boost can help give the energy you need to keep going.


Buy Used Tires

Here’s a secret to saving money on tires for your car: buy used ones! Used tires can be in good condition and help save the planet.


Rotate Eggs in the Carton Before Buying Them

Have you noticed that eggs from the grocery store are upside down in the carton? That’s because it helps keep eggs fresh and makes them last longer. Since eggshells are porous, air can still get inside of them. Turning or rotating the eggs keeps the inside coated with the fluid, and prevents air from getting in.


Pause Before Reacting

Not every situation deserves an immediate response. Restraint of pen and tongue reigns supreme. If something triggers you, be sure to phone a friend or professional to talk things through before reacting on the fly.


Don’t Text While Inebriated

Nothing is so bad that a drink won’t make it worse! Alcohol is a depressant and can cloud our decision-making process. Put your phone down before you lash out or immediately react to something that you may handle better when sober.


Wash Your Fruits and Veggies Before Eating or Cooking

Fruits and veggies have traveled a long way to get into your local grocery store. Washing them helps get rid of whatever dirt or residue that may be on the surface.


Always Have a Plunger Handy at Home

Imagine having guests at home and someone accidentally clogs the toilet. A plunger is a great way to have a solution to these nightmare scenarios. The culprit behind the clogged toilet is the one who needs it the most.


Fake It Till You Make It

Nobody is naturally great at everything, but confidence is a way to make it look like you are. People who approach things with confidence are most likely able to make things happen. This is because they are the most willing to try.


Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst

It may sound pessimistic to practice this mantra, but it saves you from a ton of heartache. Things often don’t go our way and it’s best to be mentally prepared for the worst. It also becomes a nice surprise when things do go the way we want them to.


Eat Your Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes are a symbol of a happy union. There’s even a tradition of freezing the top tier of the cake to eat during the first wedding anniversary. However, some couples just eat a piece, and the entire cake is tossed away. It becomes a waste of food and money. Eat your wedding cake and share it with your guests.


Grill Prep Accordingly

Use the Holy Trinity when preparing pork for the grill: Dice onion, peppers, and garlic; sweat in olive oil; toss in chicken broth and braise till tender. Then grill with BBQ sauce of choice. Also, poke holes in sausages before placing them on the grill.


Work To Live, Don’t Live to Work

Make sure you have enough time for yourself and for your loved ones. Don’t spend too much time at work. You can keep going to work every day, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of missing out on important milestones or even taking time to breathe.


Drink a Pre-nap Coffee

Drink coffee for at least a half hour before taking a nap. The effects of caffeine take 30 minutes to kick in, so by the time you wake up from a power nap, you’ll feel ready to go.


Wear Sunscreen

People often forget to protect their skin from UV rays. Wearing sunscreen during sunny days lowers your risk of skin cancer. If you’re prone to skin cancer, make sure to apply sunscreen every few hours. It also helps keep your skin moisturized.


Know How To Use Basic “If, Then” Statements

Children learn “if, then” reasoning. These are the kind of statements that allow us as humans to hypothesize. Whether applying this to decision making or an excel document, knowing how to use basic “if, then” statements help us foresee possible outcomes of our decisions.


Make a Gratitude List

A gratitude list helps you learn what you have, not what you don’t have. It’s a way to count your blessings and feel thankful for the things that make you happy.


Learn How To Change a Flat Tire

AAA or getting towed is expensive. Learning how to change a flat tire will save you money. Plus, you don’t have to rely on other people when you get a flat. People will rely on you.


Judge Others on How They Treat Service Workers

Food service workers are one of the most horribly treated employees. How other people treat service workers is a good litmus test on that person’s character.


Let It Go

It’s not just a popular Disney song title, but it is also great advice. Don’t let things bother you. You’ll have peace of mind when you let go of things that only cause you stress.

Invest in People Wisely

Invest in people who are good to you and who are willing to help you. Pick the right people and surround yourself in the right crowd that has your best interests. Never invest more than someone is willing to invest in you.


When in Doubt, Drink More Water

It’s very easy to forget to drink water. Drink water as much as you can. Hydrating helps you think clearly, improves organ functions and overall makes you feel better. It also helps you feel full if you want to avoid snacking.


Live in the Moment

Life moves very fast, and we can easily get caught up in it. It’s important to slow down and breathe. Observe your surroundings and enjoy the time you spend with the people you care about. Living in the moment allows you to create great memories. You’ll never know when you’ll be able to have those experiences again.


Never To Go To Bed Hungry

Eat an adequate meal a few hours before bedtime. Being hungry distracts your brain. Even if you manage to get some shut eye, your brain is preoccupied with hunger signals. This will prevent you from having a deeper sleep.


Treat Others How You Want To Be Treated

Everyone wants and deserves to be treated with kindness. The way we treat others reflects how they could possibly treat us. While not everyone follows this mantra, it’s better to be kind to people anyway. It’s just the human thing to do.


Buy Low, Sell High

Investing is a smart way of growing your personal wealth, but it can be tricky. Most people start out by purchasing real estate property or stocks at a low price and sell them for something higher. This strategy is particularly successful if you know when to sell and the right value for your investments.


Use the Bathroom After Intercourse

After a night of adult fun, people should use the bathroom after intercourse. Urinating flushes out the bacteria in your urethra, lowering your risk from urinary tract infections (UTI). It is also good to take a shower after sex to wash away bodily fluids that are on the skin’s surface.


Always Have Jumper Cables in Your Car

It’s stressful when your car stalls because of a dead battery. Having jumper cables ready in case of this emergency can help you save time. No need to wait for a new battery cable to arrive and be installed on the side of the road. A good jumper cable with the help of a Samaritan can alleviate the hassle.


Get a Zip-it Hair Clog Removal Device

Shower hair clog can be a nuisance and disgusting for some people. Place a Zip-it Hair Clog Removal Device on your shower drain. This device prevents hair from blocking the drain or getting into the pipes. This can save you from having slow drains or spending money on a plumber.


Remove an Infant’s Socks Before Changing a Diaper

Babies move around, even as their diapers get changed. Removing their socks or shoes prevents them from accidentally contaminating it. It’s also a way to help avoid contracting hand-foot-mouth disease.


Save for Retirement as Early as Possible

When you start saving early for retirement, you can pay less money each month and still reach the same goal. People who save for their retirement later pay a larger percentage on their retirement plan than people who start early. It is also good to invest in a retirement plan, since social security benefits may not be guaranteed.


Layer Cheese and Ingredients When Making Nachos

When you’re making nachos, make sure to add toppings in layers. Start with a bed of nacho chips. Then add cheese and other ingredients you want. Repeat it again in several layers to cover all the nachos. This way, each bite is full of flavor and not just plain nacho chips.


Peel Bananas From the Bottom

People often peel bananas from the top, aka the stem. But it’s a lot easier to peel bananas when you do it from the brown tip at the bottom. This also prevents you from squishing your bananas.


Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

Everyone experiences failure. The thought of failing can be scary, but failure is a part of growing. In failure, we learn the valuable lessons in life. We also learn lessons from successes, but failures help build persistence and encourage thinking outside of the box.


Pre-warm Your Coffee Cup With Hot Water

It may sound like an extra step to making coffee but pre-warm your coffee cup first. While waiting for your coffee to brew, prepare your coffee cup by filling it up with hot water. Empty the cup once the coffee is ready and fill it up with coffee this time. This way, your coffee can stay warm longer than when you start with a cool cup.


Cure Apple Cider Vinegar for Sore Throats

Apple cider vinegar has many benefits. It can help with sore throats because it contains antibacterial properties. Gargle a cup of warm water mixed with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and another tablespoon of honey. This can help soothe the throat.


Remove Shoe Odor with Mint Teabags 

Did you know you can use mint teabags to get rid of shoe smell? The tea leaves absorb the odor from your shoe. The mint teabag will also leave your shoes smelling fresh.


Invest in an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes clean teeth better than a manual toothbrush can. The brush heads have movements and rotations that properly clean the surface of the teeth. They can also reach cavity-prone areas that are usually harder to access.


Microwave Eggs in a Pinch

If you’re trying to save time, you can cook eggs in a microwave. This method is also a shortcut for making poached eggs. Simply put an egg inside a cup. Fill it with water, just right above the egg whites. Then set to microwave for a minute or two.


Exercise in the Morning

Your body needs to wake up in the morning. Do some simple stretches and cardio exercises like jumping jacks. This also releases endorphins, also known as happy hormones, in your body.


Flip the Tab on Your Soda Can

When you’re drinking soda out of a can with a straw, flip the tab around so it hangs up over the hole and put your straw through the tab. Your straw won’t float up or bob around, and you’ll look like less of an idiot. We weren’t kidding about the random advice!

Always Get More Insurance Than You Think You Need

It is always good to be prepared. Having ample insurance prevents you from spending too much money out of pocket in case of an emergency. Better to be safe than sorry!

Choose Airport Restaurants Where Flight Crew Members Eat

Airport restaurants can be hit or miss. Flight crew members are regulars at airports, so they know which restaurants serve great food at each airport. When you see a flight crew member chowing down at a certain place, chances are the food there is good.


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Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.